The Kentucky Action Coalition, with membership from all fields of nursing, serves as the driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. Recognizing work underway as well as future work needed to achieve our goals, we are working with our colleagues both nationally and state wide to create and model innovative solutions with nurses leading the way.



In order to ensure access to quality care for all Kentuckians, our goal is to increase the number of nurses with higher level degrees by overcoming barriers that keep nurses from returning to school.


Kentucky will focus on overcoming the barriers to achieving higher levels of education through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver evidenced based, high-quality, patient-centered care.


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Kentucky’s unique health care challenges, nurses at all levels must have the knowledge and expertise to be able to contribute their perspective.


In order for nurses to become leaders, they must have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn to value their role as a nurse leader.  We will explore ways to engage Kentucky nurses at all levels to create an awareness of opportunities to attain these skills.


Kentucky faces a significant shortage of primary care physicians. Outdated statutes and regulations must be modernized to allow nurses to provide the care that they are prepared and equipped to deliver.


Kentuckians suffer the greatest impact for the outdated legislation that prevents nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. We have developed strategic partnerships, and will utilize the experience of states with advanced regulations, in an effort to remove barriers to practice.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.


Recruiting more diverse students into nursing has been a challenge for which better solutions need to be developed. This will help to enable Kentucky nurses to care for the unique health care needs of a diverse population.


Partnerships with colleagues throughout the state are needed to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population.


Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.


We are exploring partnerships and examining models from other states to develop a plan for data collection in our state. Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Kentucky.



Kim Dees, Vice President of Health Professions, Kentucky Hospital Association

Sherry S. Holmes, Coordinator of Assessment and Special Projects, University of Kentucky College of Nursing

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